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Season 10 - Episode: 2 | 4,5 & 7 | 11
Season 11 - Episode: 2 | 3 & 4 | 6 | 8 & 10

Season 10
Episode: 2
Chefing up whole fried snapper - (serves 5)

2 tbs. olive oil
1 tbs. garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp. coarse salt
2 cups short-grain white rice
3/4 cup canned black beans, drained
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 tbs. Lizano salsa sauce
1 tsp. cilantro, chopped
1 whole snapper, scaled, cleaned and chilled
1 cup flour
1 tbs. pepper
2 tbs. olive oil
canola oil for frying
3 plantains

For the Gallo-Pinto:
In a hot sauté pan, add 1 tbs. oil, garlic, onions and 1 tsp. of coarse salt. Sauté mixture until golden brown. Then add rice and 1 tbs. of oil and sauté until translucent. Add black beans, diced tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until rice is tender about 45 minutes. Finish with the Lizano salsa sauce and chopped cilantro.

For the Fish:
Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Pat fish dry. Make shallow horizontal and vertical cuts 1-inch apart into the snapper. Combine flour, 1 tsp. salt and pepper in a medium bowl. On both sides, pat flour mixture over snapper and into slits. Drop fish in deep fryer for 3 - 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove snapper and place on plate lined with paper towels.

Fried Plantains:
Cut plantains at a diagonal. Place in deep fryer basket and then into deep fryer. Fry plantains until they start to float, 2 - 3 minutes. Remove plantains and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.


Season 10
Episode: 4,5 & 7
Journal Entry - The most incredible black marlin bite we've ever had.

The Crew of the Go Fisch often visits the Hannibal Bank off the coast of the Pacific side of Panama for its various high spots and its unique structure. Surrounding the famed Hannibal Bank are the Coiba Island archipelagos - Coiba, Montuosa, Jicaron and many other smaller islands. These islands form a protected area where a cornucopia of life can thrive beautifully. Among other pelagic species, the Hannibal Bank is one of the best places in the world to catch tuna and marlin of a whole new caliber. The Go Fisch has encountered some of the most epic marlin adventures ever to be broadcast on national television at the Hannibal Bank. In the next journal entry, Chris Fischer describes their epic marlin adventure at the famed Hannibal Bank in 2006.

Marlin Adventure at Hannibal Bank

April 12, 2006 (writing this on the morning of April 13, 2006)

Well yesterday may have been the greatest day of Black Marlin fishing I may see in my lifetime. We are fishing on Hannibal Bank off the Pacific Coast of Panama and Brett, Raul, Carlos and Todd and Rich (the cameramen) are on the boat.

Melissa and Sarah are not here because it is a long trip on the boat and they needed to be with Melissa's grandparents for Easter. (Family tradition)

We arrived on the Hannibal bank on the evening of April 11 and dropped the anchor to get some sleep. We thought we were a little late as the full moon was only two days away, but we thought let's give it a shot tomorrow.

When we woke up skipjack were up not too far from the boat so we drove over and caught several for live bait that we bridled up immediately and we put a couple in tuna tubes for later.

By 8:00 a.m. we had our first bite. A beautiful 400lbs Black Marlin. I was lucky enough to get to fight the fish and we released her in approximately 20 minutes in good shape. A strange fish because she didn't jump and we were not even sure we had a marlin until the end of the fight, just before the tag and release. 1 for 1

Back to the skipjack to make some more bait. This time just after we got our baits bridled and in the water several porpoises moved in on us and began eating our bait. The first one caught us off guard as the bite was so aggressive it snapped the bait from the riggers and we thought we were bit again. Over and over we would pull the baits from the mouths of the porpoises and they would let go, then come back and bite them again. It was tough just to get the baits back to the boat without the porpoises picking them up and going on a run taking more line out. Eventually we were forced to move back into the skipjack and make three more baits, bridle them up and walk away from the porpoises with the baits just off the back of the boat. Once we moved a half-mile or so away, we would drop the baits back and start fishing.

All of this was going on as we came into the slack tide (the transitional period between incoming and out-going tides) and we were hoping to max out our fishing time during that portion of the tide. This added some urgency to what we were doing because we did not want to lose a bunch of time dealing with porpoise etc.


Shortly after we moved and began fishing a marlin snapped a bait out of the down rigger and went on a ripping run. I eased up the drag trying to set the circle hook and the line kept screaming off the reel. Then nothing& How could that happen? I began winding the skipjack back toward the boat hoping to tease the fish back into the pattern to eat another bait. I would wind, then pause, wind then pause and sure enough the fish came into the teaser Raul had created(another story). Brett yelled there is a fish in the patter, then SNAP, the rubber band broke out of the right rigger. Carlos was standing next to the rod and said we are bit. I switched rods with him and began to setup the fish and a 300lbs Black Marlin came out of the water across our stern. It looked like a smaller fish that we had landed earlier. Just as I eased up the drag to set the hook, the original rod from the down-rigger that I had moved when I began to fight the fish, started whining and a 450lbs Black Marlin came flying out of the water just off our stern. We had a double.

(It's April 13, 2006 and I just got interrupted writing this by a 400lbs Black, a 500lbs Blue, and another 300lbs Black that came off)

Raul grabbed the second rod and we both locked in to our harnesses. A battle ensued with both of us getting low on line and then recovering. About 30 mins into the battle, the smaller of the two fish that I was fighting came off 40 ft from the boat. The snap swivel straightened and the hook pulled. Amazing to see the line hooked on the straightened snap swivel. At least we got the circle hook back.

(3:50 pm April 13, 2006 just dumped a 500lbs Black. She broke the liter at her mouth. Wrapped up in it and snapped it with her body) THIS IS UNREAL.

Raul battled his fish for quite some time. I would say an hour or so and we released his 450lbs Black marlin in good shape. We were now 2 for 3 on the day and it was before 11:00am.

The morning slack tide had passed and it seemed the bite had slowed down. A big lunch and nap ensued and we prepared for the afternoon slack.

Just as Brett had prepared us for and we had hoped for, we got three fresh baits in the water and BAM, at 3:00pm the rigger snapped and a 750lbs Black marlin erupted behind the Go Fisch. What a site to see&. I eased the drag up on the circle hook and the battle began. After her initial run and jumps, we settled into a 45 minute battle that ended with several jumps close the boat and a release of a 750lbs Black marlin, my personal best.

OK at the point, I am out of my mind& this is the kind of stuff that novels are written about and we got it documented on film. I settle onto the couch on the bridge and begin chatting with Brett as Carlos and Raul get baits back in the water.

What do you think happens next? SNAP and the 80 narrow Accurate starts ripping line and I ease the drag up after a 10 second feed and at the button the line is ripping so fast off the reel that it is getting hot. After a 45 second run the line stops and she is gone. We reel the bait in hoping to tease the fish back to the other baits in the pattern but nothing happens. The marks on the skipjack are so far apart that it is obvious, this one was bigger than the 750lbs.

The day ends and we drop the anchor on the high spot called the Hannibal Bank. We ended the day with a 400lbs, 450lbs, and a 750lbs Black Marlin. We went 3 for 5 on the bites.

As we awoke on the SPOT just after dawn, we made coffee, and eased into our routine. Brett checked the engines, fired them up and we chilled to let them get warm.

Shortly after that it was time to ease over to the puddling skipjack, put two in the tuna tubes and bridled up three as baits.

30 minutes later, you guessed it SNAP! We were bit. I eased up the drag on the fish and another 450lbs Black marlin came flying out of the water. This is unbelievable. Another battle ensued and we released a very dogged fish an hour later. I pulled on that fish as hard as any I have ever caught and released and I can honestly say that fish battled harder than any I have experienced.

Now time to cruise back and make more bait. We catch one and give it to Raul to bridle up and put out behind the boat and we get our pattern in with 3 baits in the water.

Five minutes pass and SNAP, the left rigger goes and I run to the 50W and ease up the drag and the fish pulls line and comes off. I tease the bait to the boat and nothing is there. We quickly bridle up a bait out of the tuna tubes and Raul puts in the water as Brett turns back to the spot where the bite occurred. Raul does not even get the bait in the water and BAM, Raul starts yelling, we are bit, we are bit. Brett runs to the rod, it's his turn, and eases the drag of the 50W forward and a beautiful 500lbs Blue marlin starts grey hounding up the side of the boat. An awesome run and I have to push the throttles full-forward to stay in front of the fish. Desiel smoke is pouring out the back of the boat and we are wired.

No body I know can pull as hard and as efficiently as Brett. The run the marlin went on almost spooled us. After she charged forward up our port side and we had to run forward, she doubled back and headed straight off our starboard aft corner. We had to throw the Go Fisch in full reverse to prevent getting spooled.

Brett battled that Blue for 30 minutes until we got her up to the boat and revived her. No time to even reflect on the totality of the experience we were all in the middle of. It was 10am and we had released a 450lbs Black and a Blue marlin well over 500lbs. We were 2 for 3 on the day even though it seemed we had caught the fish I missed moments before Brett hooked up. The bite occurred on the same spot we had missed a fish on only minutes before.

An hour passes and it seems that we have landed in the time between slack tides. I settle in and begin writing this marlin tale and am interrupted by you guessed it-----

Raul was checking one of his crimps on a liter because he was not sure of the quality of the crimp in the line. We are going through so much tackle that it began hard to keep track of things. As he reeled in the line, he starts yelling a fish followed his bait up and bent off the side of the boat. He quickly checks the crimp, it was fine, and drops the bait back in the water and he is bit right out of his hands!

A 400lbs plus Black marlin erupts behind the Go Fisch and the run extends so far back in a matter of seconds that the Accurate 50w is almost spooled. The Fish changes directions weaving back away from the boat putting a huge belly in the line. We are clearing the down-rigger as fast as we can so that Brett can go backwards. He is helpless until this occurs. We can't put the wire down-rigger line in the props. Then off in the distance approximately 400 yards away a the fish rages away from us as if it is flying in the air and then, the line goes slack. After many minutes and an entire spool of line, it seems she had been hooked in the corner of the mouth and some line had wraped around her tail. The sheer power of her kicking snapped the line at the corner of her mouth.

It has gotten tougher to make bait because they have gone down and several boats are driving over them instead of casting darts into the school. Eventually we make bait again with the camera guys helping, we have enough footage of this, and we start fishing again.

That is where we find ourselves at the moment. Half way through day two on the Hannibal Bank off the Pacific side of Panama. A slack tide comes in approximately two more hours. I don't know what is in store for us! So far we are 5 for 9 with a 400lbs. 450lbs, 750lbs and 450lbs Black marlin and a 500lbs Blue marlin all in less then one and a half days. Two hours to the next slack tide!

(9:45pm) Very difficult to type now. My arms, legs and hands are so fatigued. Twenty minutes before dark, the witching hour, SNAP and a 450lbs Black marlin hits the left rigger. A really strange bite, after the bite we look back and all you see is a tail straight up in the air kicking wildly. We think the fish is tail wrapped, so I lock up the drag immediately and we charge backward trying to get to the fish so we don't drown her. The run and jumps are insane initially and we all know we are hung on another 400 plus billfish.

My most physically demanding battle ensues well into the dark. A hour and a half after dark, 4 times to the liter, a broken reel base, and a tremendous amount of energy later, we release her and celebrate. The fish was not tail wrapped. Hooked in the jaw with a circle hook, she was pissed off and a very difficult strategist in the battle. We tested the drag after the fight, almost out of gas, I pushed the drag up to 55lbs knowing that time was on her side. She took me back and forth across the stern of the boat over ten times putting pressure and pain on me that I have never dealt with before.

No more typing now. We are anchored on the Hannibal Bank and we are fishing again tomorrow. Carlos has made a table full of sushi for dinner. Need to fuel up for tomorrow. Good night.

Many Advil over the course of the evening and I wake up at 5am still terribly sore and tired. But it is time to make bait and start a third day on the Hannibal Bank. The water temp has dropped almost a degree and the water has gone a little off color. (Slightly green) It seems the bite is over.

Chris Fischer


Season 10
Episode: 11
The Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Season 11
Episode: 2
Our journey to catch yellowfin tuna off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Within 50 miles of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico lie two of the most prolific fishing banks in the world - Corbetenia Rock and El Banco. Each year these highspots reward mutiple anglers with yellowfin exceeding 300lbs. and marlin of grander proportions.
Courtesy of http://www.hunt4giants.com


Season 11
Episode: 3 & 4
Inshore fishing in Costa Rica

Some of the various fish that can be found inshore fishing on the Pacific side of Costa Rica includes snook, roosterfish, amberjack, jack crevalle, sierra mackerel, barracuda, grouper, needlefish, blue-spotted jack, cubera snapper, rainbow runner, and Spanish mackerel.

Becoming a skilled snook fisherman is not an easy task - Offshore Adventures fans often hear Chris Fischer say, "Snook make me crazy!". Although they can be caught with just about everything from lures to live bait, snook are unpredictable feeders. And once hooked they fight ferociously - taking many novice anglers by surprise.

Even the most experienced fishermen struggle with the snook's ability to find cover under structure, where they will wrap an angler's line on rocks, submerged trees or roots. To prevent it, anglers have to be quick to muscle the fish away from cover.

The Go Fisch crew has experienced this many times while casting or trolling from the skiff, and they take it hard when a fish is lost. The reason? Snook are delicious, and always make for a special meal in the Gourmet Galley.

The IGFA record book lists the largest snook ever caught as a 57 pound, 12-ounce Pacific black snook landed in Quepos, Costa Rica. However, 70-pound snook have been reported & another reason they drive Chris crazy.

To book a charter visit: http://www.lossuenosresort.com


Season 11
Episode: 6
The wily tarpon off Costa Rica

While anchored in the Pacific near Drake Bay, Costa Rica the Crew spotted tarpon. Captain Brett McBride while free diving discovered groupings of tarpon mixed in with the snook and roosterfish. Cameraman Rich Christensen was there to capture the moment. This is the first documented footage of tarpon on the Pacific side of Central America.


Season 11
Episode: 8 & 10
The Sea of Cortez

On numerous occasions the Go Fisch has ventured into the Sea of Cortez for its calm waters and abundance of life. Both are a welcome relief after traveling long distances across the open Pacific.

Many authors, including the legendary John Steinbeck, have written about the Sea of Cortez, one of the most diverse marine environments in the world. Nestled between the Baja Peninsula and Mexican mainland, it's an anomaly of sorts, an incredibly rich ecosystem surrounded by deserts. But the sea's warm waters make it a sportfishing paradise, filled with billfish, dorado, wahoo, tuna, and mako sharks as well as many inshore and reef species.

Melissa Fischer sums up the beauty of the Sea of Cortez in this journal entry. You could say she is somewhat of a Steinbeck herself with this descriptive piece:

If Heaven Exists:

Today was one of those days I just have to share. We left our slip in Cabo San Lucas last night and arrived at Frailes Rock in the Sea of Cortez around midnight. At sunrise we began our journey up the sea, fishing for marlin along the way. Capt. Brett knew there were some striped marlin around, and when you are on the water as much as we are, you sometimes can get a basic idea of how the day is going to unfold.

But not on this day. Mother Nature decided to show off.

Running to the bow of the boat, I saw Chris or David casting - presumably to a marlin. Sure enough, I saw a striper fly into the air, a sure sign that one of the guys was hooked. Turns out the striper didn't bite either line, but was giving us a free-form acrobatic performance, leaping 10 feet into the air at least 30 times around the Go Fisch. The big fish acted more like a porpoise than a marlin. During the first part of the striper's performance we were very excited, and maybe a little in shock; towards the end, all we could do was laugh and cheer it on. What a morning gift, a beautiful fish so strong and sleek flying through the air!

As our day continued, we approached an awesome diving spot with waters boiling on the surface as skipjack tuna chased squid. It appeared to be a fierce engagement as the squid clustered together trying to protect themselvesswimming and dodging at the surface.

We anchored the boat nearby and jumped in for a dive. We found our target - yellowtails - but unfortunately they were too deep. However, a short distance away, in only 20 feet of water, we found a surprise: thousands of perch, spawning. I watched as the fish circled around each other, leaving behind their seed of life, and then dashing away frantically.

The day slipped away quickly. Near evening, we cast some iron jigs hoping to catch some pargo and cabriaboth great eating fish. The sun began to turn golden across the flat brilliant blue waters of the sea. I walked into the salon and something caused me to pause and take in everything. My eyes cast into the tranquil blue waters from the window, as two dolphins leapt close to my view. It was one of those moments where everything stops around you and you step outside of yourself and think, 'if heaven exists, this could be it.'

Melissa Fischer